Valentine’s Day Destinations

Love is in the air at some of your favorite area eateries – see what Boston’s

top chefs will be whipping up on Valentine’s Day and make your reservations

soon since things do tend to fill up.

33 Restaurant & Lounge


Valentine’s Day 2005 at 33

Restaurant & Lounge where chef Anthony

Dawodu will be rolling out the culinary red carpet with a four course, prix

fixe menu. Make reservations an indulge in dishes like jumbo scallops, toasted

pine nuts, smoked bacon, lentils and a truffle-herb bouillon; mesclun greens

with locally picked herbs, crisp radish coins, drizzled with an herb vinaigrette;

roast venison chop with butter cabbage, sweet potato butter puree, natural jus

and a chestnut ginger ice cream; and banana tarte tatin lightly topped with

caramel served with ginger ice cream. The Valentine’s Day festivities cost $79

per person just for dinner, $89 per person with a champagne toast and $99 per

person with a bottle of champagne. Call 33 at 617.572.3311 for reservations

and more information.



Valentine’s Day all weekend long at Anthem

a specially designed menu from chef Robert

Fathman. The a la carte holiday menu, which will be available from Friday,

February 11th through Monday, February 14th, features a number of dishes meant

for sharing with your beloved. Drop in for lollipop lamb chops with raspberry

grain mustard and frisee salad; stuffed fried quail with foie gras, bourbon

glaze, jicama apple slaw; and chocolate covered strawberries with stinky cheese.

Wash it all down with Anthem’s Sure Thing martini, which blends Van Gogh Dutch

Chocolate vodka, vanilla liqueur, dark Godiva liqueur and chocolate chip liqueur.

Call 617.523.8383 for more information and to make reservations.

Ariadne Restaurant & Bar



Tsardounis and wine director Kathleen Malloy welcome guests to Ariadne

Restaurant & Bar for a Valentine’s Day spread that includes a Wellfleet

oyster with a ginger lime mignonette; beet and haricots verts salad with blue

cheese fondue, candied walnuts and Roxbury russet apples; seared sea scallops

with chestnuts, cranberries and roasted butternut squash veloute; and Meyer

lemon cheesecake with a walnut crust. The four-course prix fixe menu costs $75

per person. Call 617.332.4653 to make reservations.



your Valentine’s Day celebration in the hands of the talented chefs of Four

Seasons Boston. Executive chef David

Blessing, chef de cuisine Jérôme

Legras and pastry chef Tim

Fonseca will be whipping up a special, four-course, prix fixe menu to be

enjoyed in one of the city’s most romantic dining rooms. The dinner costs $130

per person including tax and gratuity. Call Aujourd’hui

at 617.351.2037 for reservations.

Avenue One


One extends their Valentine’s Day celebration over the whole weekend. Drop

in Saturday, Sunday or Monday, February 12th through the 14th for four coursed

from chef Brad

Ozerdem. His menu features choices like New England cheese fondue for two;

grilled swordfish with warm beet vinaigrette and thyme scented corn-wheat berry

pilaf; and Avenue One’s renowned Toblerone chocolate fondue with marshmallow

pillows, crimson strawberries and amaretto biscotti. Dinner costs $140 per couple

not including tax and gratuity. Call Avenue One at 617.422.5579 to make reservations.




Fathman invites guests to get romantic at Azure

this Valentine’s Day with sexy, specially concocted cocktails and a festive

holiday menu that he’ll be offering all weekend long. Make reservations for

Fathman’s three-course prix fixe menu and choose among dishes like tempura lobster

and taro with yucca, seaweed salad, kumquat-ginger shimi shimi sauce; braised

veal cheeks and sautéed shrimp with baby winter vegetables, creamy parsnip puree

and lobster butter; and milk chocolate, chai truffle and cardamom cream with

hot fudge sauce. The dinner, which will be available from Saturday, February

12th through Monday, February 14th, costs $60 per person. Call Azure at 617.933.4800

for reservations.



your sweetie to blu

at The Sports Club LA this Valentine’s Day weekend where chef Tom

Fosnot will be preparing succulent holiday specials like beef carpaccio

with arugula, pickled red onions, parmigiano-reggiano, and a black olive vinaigrette;

poached lobster, served with a salt cod cake, baby carrots, spinach and chervil

butter. End the evening with chocolate crème brulée with bourbon-cherry

compote, chocolate sorbet, and chocolate cherry sauce created by pastry chef

Michelle Vernier. The Valentine’s specials will be offered, in addition to Fosnot’s

new dinner menu, on Saturday, February 12th and Monday, February. 14th. Call

blu at 617-375-8550 for reservations.

The Blue Room


having cared much for the prix fixe menu, the folks at The

Blue Room are keeping things simple this Valentine’s Day. Chef Jorge

Lopes will be adding some festive specials to the menu for the holiday –

pan-fried oysters with osetra caviar and wilted spinach; baked goat cheese with

roasted beets and toasted walnuts; New Zealand lamb rack grilled with roasted

artichokes, mixed olives and smoked plum tomatoes; and braised rabbit leg with

roast loin on spaetzel with chestnuts and oyster mushrooms. Call The Blue Room

at 617.494.9034 to make reservations or request more information.



Delight your loved one with a an evening of chef John

Lambiase‘s fine cuisine at Café

Fleuri‘s Valentine’s Dinner Dance. The evening include a three-course meal,

a glass of sparkling wine and dancing, capped off by the Langham Hotel’s signature

Chocolate Bar Buffet. The evening costs $65 per person not including tax and

gratuity. Call Café Fleuri at 617.956.8751 for reservations.



Celebrate Valentines Day at Caffe

Umbra with a some special menu items from chef Laura

Brennan that’ll be available all weekend. Look for specials like oysters

two ways; housemade gnocchi with foie gras butter and armagnac prunes; lamb

noisette with parsnips and bitter chocolate; and chocolate dessert tasting for

two. Call Caffe Umbra at 617.867.0707 to make reservations.



your sweet tooth and your sweetie this Valentine’s Day at Finale

with the annual debut of Nicole

Coady‘s Chocolate Plate for Two. The 2005 version includes a black forest

napoleon with Morello cherry sauce; white chocolate strawberry dome with strawberry

liquid center and balsamic reduction; molten chocolate cake with butterscotch

sauce; milk chocolate Florentine with banana gelato; and four chocolate candies

– dark chocolate chew, praline truffle, espresso truffle and nougat with orange

rind, pistachios and macadamia nuts. They’ll also be serving a special dinner

menu. Call either location for reservations, Harvard Square at 617.441.9797

or Park Square at 617.423.3184.


In honor of Saint Valentine’s Day, chef Scott

Herritt will be offering three and a four course dining options at Grotto.

Each course will have four options to choose from and will feature both specially

designed holiday dishes as well as some of Grotto’s signature dishes. The menus

will feature Italian wedding soup, house prepared pastas, signature salads,

lamb, fresh fish, and beef tenderloin. Tables are already filling up, so call

617.227.3434 to make reservations.

Hamersley’s Bistro


Valentine’s Day with Boston’s most beloved culinary couple. Gordon and Fiona

Hamersley welcome guests to join them at Hamersley’s

Bistro for a spectacular Valentine’s Day menu. On Monday, February 14, starting

at 5:30pm, Gordon

Hamersley will be offering a $95 four-course prix fixe menu of delights

like warm pan-roasted lobster with endive and saffron salad; cream of chestnut

and apple soup with foie gras crostini; and grilled elk with anna potatoes,

red onions and black pepper infused zinfandel sauce. Save room for Cupid’s Sweet

Inspirations for dessert. An à la carte menu will also be available at the bar.

Call 617.423.2700 for reservations and more information.




Pooler extends the Valentine’s Day festivities at the Harvest

this year, offering his Be My Valentine Tasting Menu from Thursday, February

10th until Wednesday, February 16th. Highlights from the menu include Grafton

cheddar strudel with bacon, onion, chanterelle mushroom sauce; marrow crusted

beef tenderloin with beet-truffle rosti cake and sauce bordelaise; and Valrhona

chocolate mousse and espresso caramel from pastry chef Molly

Hanson. The three-course menu costs $55 per person with optional half glass

wine pairings for an additional $15 per person or full glass wine pairings for

an additional $25 per person. Call the Harvest at 617.868.2255 for reservations

and more information.


Celebrate Valentine’s Day in one of Boston’s most romantic dining rooms. Julien‘s

team of chefs, including Mark

Sapienza, Daniel

Kenny and John

Quinn will be whipping up a four-course menu that’ll make you swoon. Pianist

Jeffrey Moore will be on hand to entertain guests. Dinner costs $272 per couple.

Make reservations for seatings anytime between 5:30 and 10:30pm by calling 617.451.1900.

Le Soir



Allen celebrates Valentine’s Day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Le

Soir with a five-course menu that will be offered in addition to their regular

menu. Courses include a Duxbury oyster with champagne mignonette; lobster and

avocado salad with mustard dressing; wild striped bass with pureed parsnip and

arugula sauce; coriander crusted steak with asparagus and pomme puree with port

reduction; and a chocolate tasting. The dinner costs $85 per person. Call Le

Soir at 617.965.3100 for reservations and more information.



Valentine’s Day at Lumière

with a three course menu from chef Michael

Leviton. Choose among menu options like braised duck risotto with butternut

squash, Swiss chard and parmesan sage oil; braised leg of lamb with artichoke

pearl onion and carrot ragout with rosemary mustard jus; and dried apricot and

almond upside down cake with crème fraiche and sauternes sauce. Dinner

costs a mere $55 per person, so treat your sweetie. Call 617.244.9199 for reservations.



by love, chef Daniel

Bruce has created a special Valentine’s Day that highlights some of the

season’s romantic and playful ingredients. The five-course menu, which is paired

with all rose champagnes, includes dishes like caviar and champagne Belon oysters

with spiraled toast; mint roasted rack of lamb with leek and golden potato diamond;

and duet of dark chocolate “sweetheart” and cherry almond tart. The Valentine’s

Day menu will be offered Tuesday, February 8th through Saturday, February 19th

and costs $125 per person. Call Meritage

at 617.439.3995 to make reservations.



the love this Valentine’s Day by heading to Rialto

for a romantic dinner of love-inspired specials from chef Jody

Adams. Available from Friday, February 11th through Monday, February 14th,

specials include Maine crab tart with red pepper salad, pink tobiko and fried

Maine shrimp; truffled potato gnocchi with parmesan cream; Roasted lobster with

braised red cabbage, horseradish and beurre rouge; and seared Delmonico steak

with mushroom-marrow fricassee, red beets and red wine sauce. Enjoy chocolate

espresso fondue, served with Devil’s food cake, assorted cookies, toasted coconut

marshmallow hearts, and fruit, including strawberries and starfruit from pastry

chef Tal Shofman-Schejter‘s. Call Rialto at 617.661.5050 for reservations

and more information about their Valentine’s Day festivities.

Rustic Kitchen


takes aim at Rustic

Kitchen this year, so bring your beloved to their Cambridge location for

a seductive, four-course menu from executive chef Bill

Bradley and chef de cuisine Mark

Usewicz. Courses include duck proscuitto with endive, pink salt and fruitti

di mostarda; balsamic glazed quail with pomegranate fennel and blood orange;

and rustic tiramisu with mascarpone, espresso and Marsala. Dinner costs $70

per person with an optional $30 wine pairing. Call the Cambridge location of

Rustic Kitchen at 617.354.7766 for reservations.

Sel de la Terre



Gardner invites guests to spend Valentine’s Day at Sel

de la Terre. He’s whipped up a five course prix fixe menu that includes

options like lobster and chickpea crepe with leek mushroom ragout; sautéed

John Dory with grilled polenta cake, charred scallion and tomato caper sauce;

molasses and pecan crusted rack of lamb with tomato fondue, fingerlings, roasted

haricots verts and olives; and sweet goat cheese pyramid cake with cassis coulis

and pistachio shortbread. Dinner costs $87 per person. Call Sel de la Terre

at 617.720.1300 for reservations and more information.



your sweetie to Spire

on Valentine’s Day for a four-course tasting menu from chef Gabriel

Frasca. Enjoy a Nantucket Bay scallop blood Mary with Grey Goose vodka,

cucumber, ginger, horseradish and celery followed by the Menage a Foie, that’s

foie gras three ways. Or opt for the sour cherry-glazed rack of Colorado lamb

with tabbouleh, baby carrots mint and sheepsmilk yogurt. Wrap it all up with

a Valentine’s Day tasting for two, which includes chocolate covered strawberries,

cinnamon beignets, crème caramels and prune armangac ice cream. The dinner costs

$110 per person. Call Spire at 617.772.0202 for reservations.



your sweetie to a four-course dinner at Taranta

this Valentine’s Day. Chef Jose

Duarte and Laura

Henry have created a menu that boasts selections like Wellfleet oysters

on the half shell with a prosecco and blood orange vinaigrette with spicy rocoto

pepper; lobster and crab ravioli with a lobster mascarpone herb sauce; and heart

shaped crispy shortbread with dulce de leche and lucuma ice cream. The specially

designed celebratory menu costs $70 per person, not including beverages tax

or gratuity. Call Taranta at 617.720.0052 for reservations and more information

or go to

to book a table.

Turner Fisheries



Heinrich rolls out his Valentine’s Day Flirtation Menu on Friday, Saturday

and Monday, February 11th, 12th and 14th. The four-course menu costs $125 per

person and includes dishes like warm Yaquina Bay oysters with celeriac mousse

and smoky apple bacon froth; jonah crab salad on smoked salmon chevre panna

cotta, avocado, grapefruit and upland cress; seared ahi tuna and braised blade

steak with black currant pinot glace and aged cheddar artichoke grits; and crispy

fried cheesecake with mango sauce. Call Turner

Fisheries at 617.424.7425 for reservations.

UpStairs on the Square


their pink and gold harlequin walls, lavender banquettes and four blazing fireplaces,


on the Square seems tailor-made for Valentine’s Day. Whether you decide

to celebrate the holiday on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday in the Soiree

Room or the Monday Club Bar, chefs Amanda

Lydon and Susie

Regis have got you covered. Friday through Sunday, couples can dine a deux

with romantic prix fixe tasting menus for two for $85 per person in the Monday

Club Bar or $110 per person for five courses in the Soiree Room. On the day

itself, treat your sweetie to five courses in the Soiree Room for $125 per person

or $85 per person in the Monday Club Bar. Menu items include lobster salad for

two; roast lamb loin with bitter chocolate and braised endive; and hot chocolate

with armangac cream and orange madeleines. Call UpStairs on the Square at 617.864.1933

to make reservations.

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